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Oxford University tests scheme to improve mental health

The study involves the University of Oxford Credit: ITV

A major new study involving the University of Oxford will test whether a scheme called 'mindfulness training' will improves children's mental health. Nearly 6,000 school pupils will take part. Mindfulness - described by the NHS as paying more attention to the present moment and to your thoughts, feelings and the world around you - has become a popular and effective technique in preventing depression and promoting mental health in adults.


Fake doctor is jailed for six years after forging documents

Levon Mkhitarian was sentenced to a total of six years Credit: Kent Police

A man who stole a genuine doctor’s identity in order to work in the UK has been jailed for six years.

Levon Mkhitarian was sentenced to a total of six years when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court today.

Mkhitarian, 36, of Renaissance Walk, London, previously pleaded guilty to a total of 20 charges: 13 of using a copy of a false instrument and seven counts of fraud by making false representations.

He also admitted a further charge of obtaining leave to enter the UK through deception.

An investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate found that Mkhitarian, originally from the former Soviet State of Georgia, had come to the UK in 2007 on a student visa to study medicine.

In February 2010 he was granted provisional registration by the General Medical Council and months later he was issued with a migrants skilled work visa to work in London.

But in April 2013 concerns were raised about the level he was working at, and he was suspended from working as a doctor in the UK.

Following this, Mkhitarian started to forge documents to assume the identity of another, genuine doctor, and made up a CV, bank statements and energy bills, medical degree and training certificates, references and an email account all under the same name.

Mkitarian applied for work at seven different locum recruitment agencies, using the fake documents which he tailored to bolster his chances. However, however most of the agencies saw issues with the documents offered.

He was successful with two agencies and he continued to work at various hospitals until his arrest 18 months later at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

Mkhitarian’s double life was found out by hospital staff following security checks and the matter reported to Kent Police.

He had already earned a total of around £85,000 through working under the false identity at various hospitals.

The extent of his deception was uncovered by officers Detective Constable Theo Perez and Detective Constable Tania Pickering who found hundreds of copies of all the documents on his computer tablet.

Mkhitarian was arrested on Saturday 18 April by officers and, when interviewed initially, pretended to be Italian and visiting his uncle in the hospital.

Head of East Sussex Heath Trust resigns

Darren Grayson was in charge of the East Sussex health trust for five years Credit: ITV Meridian

The head of the East Sussex health trust has resigned saying he can no longer offer the long-term commitment needed for the role.

Darren Grayson was in charge of the trust for five years.

In March IT and the Conquest and Eastbourne hospitals - which are under its control - were all rated inadequate.

ITV Meridian spoke to Cllr Michael Wincott from East Sussex County Council.


Improvements to Southampton General Hospital

Work is due to start on the main hospital entrance Credit: ITV

Improvements to Southampton's General Hospital's main entrance start next week.

It will be closed until the end of the year, so patients and visitors will have to access the hospital through other entrances. Work to create more parking spaces is also taking place.

A mother's despair as cost of looking after her disabled daughter increases fourfold.

The cost of care for their sick daughter has gone up FOUR times under new government rules - and now family from Wantage in Oxfordshire say they're struggling to cope.

26 year old Jody Dickinson suffers from Charge Syndrome - which affects her eyes, ears, growth, heart and breathing A council care grant helps with the cost of a day care centre four days a week - but from April she'll have to pay a lot more.

Her mother says it's because of the new Care Act and that it is a tax on disabled people. Divya Kohli reports.

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Women get ready for Race for Life challenge

She has run several half marathons and now a mother-of-two from Kent, who has just had surgery for breast cancer, is rallying other women to join her in the fight against the disease. Trudi Westhrop is encouraging women to take part in Race for Life, including the one happening in Maidstone on 11/12th July. Tom Savvides talks to Trudi and to Lynn Daly from Cancer Research UK.

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